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Important Investments in Homeownership and Families in Build Back Better

2021-11-19T13:55:17-05:00November 19, 2021|Categories: Media Center|

November 19, 2021 President Biden's Build Back Better Act Passes House, More Must Be Done to Protect Expanded Child Tax Credits WASHINGTON – Consumer advocates today praised the House passage of the Build Back Better Act. Along with the extension of the expanded Child Tax Credit and other big ticket items, the bill also includes [...]

U.S. House Introduces 36% Rate Cap Bill to Curb High-Cost, Predatory Loans

2021-11-17T12:40:52-05:00November 17, 2021|Categories: Media Center|

November 17, 2021 Bipartisan bill enacts rate cap popular among voters of all stripes WASHINGTON – Advocates at the National Consumer Law Center applauded the introduction of the Veterans and Consumers Fair Credit Act (VCFCA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-IL) and Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI). “Republican and [...]

Report: COVID-Driven Utility Debt Rises in Massachusetts, Urgent Action Needed to Keep the Heat On

2021-11-15T09:22:05-05:00November 15, 2021|Categories: Media Center|

November 15, 2021 New Analysis Finds Nearly One Million Massachusetts Residential Utility Customers At Risk of Utility Service Being Shut Off Download report at: https://bit.ly/more-covid-util-arrearages BOSTON – Close to a million people could be at risk of losing gas and electric service in Massachusetts, according to a new analysis from the National Consumer Law Center. [...]

Report: Will States Let Debt Collectors Push Families into Poverty as Pandemic Protections Expire?

2021-11-10T10:31:48-05:00November 10, 2021|Categories: Media Center|

November 10, 2021 Download the full report, state maps and state-specific information:  https://www.nclc.org/issues/report-still-no-fresh-start.html BOSTON – With millions of families struggling to recover from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, and state and federal payment forbearances, eviction bans and utility shut off moratoriums coming to an end, states maintain a vital role in protecting households [...]

Key Broadband Affordability Wins in Biden’s Infrastructure Bill

2021-11-08T10:22:24-05:00November 8, 2021|Categories: Media Center|

November 8, 2021 U.S. House Votes to Advance President Biden's Infrastructure Package WASHINGTON – Consumer advocates praised the House passage of H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (or “IIJA”). Along with major items such as investment in water infrastructure, IIJA helps low-income families bear rising energy costs and aims to close the digital [...]

NCLC Advocates Applaud CFPB’s Action to Protect Consumers from False Identification by Background Screening Companies

2021-11-04T12:18:17-05:00November 4, 2021|Categories: Media Center|

November 4, 2021 BOSTON – National Consumer Law Center advocates applaud the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) advisory opinion affirming that consumer reporting agencies, including tenant and employment screening companies, violate the Fair Credit Reporting Act if they use name-only matching or other insufficient matching procedures to match information to a consumer. “Too many people [...]

NCLC’s Pizor Urges Protections for Borrowers With Adjustable Interest Rate Loans in Senate Testimony

2021-11-02T10:29:38-05:00November 2, 2021|Categories: Media Center|

November 2, 2021 WASHINGTON– Today, Andrew Pizor, staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs during “The Libor Transition: Protecting Consumers and Investors” hearing on the consumer and investor impact of transitioning from the Libor benchmark interest rate.  "The end of the Libor [...]

NCLC’s Saunders Testifies on Buy Now, Pay Later and Other Fintech Cashflow Products

2021-11-01T14:00:30-05:00November 1, 2021|Categories: Media Center|

November 1, 2021 WASHINGTON– On Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 10 am ET, Lauren Saunders, associate director of the National Consumer Law Center will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services’ Task Force on Financial Technology during a hearing titled, “Buy Now, Pay More Later? Investigating Risks and Benefits of BNPL and Other Emerging [...]

SBPC and NCLC Warn Education Department that Delaying “Operation Fresh Start” Will Deny Promised COVID-19 Protections to Millions of Student Loan Borrowers in Default

2021-10-19T15:08:49-05:00October 19, 2021|Categories: Media Center|

October 19, 2021 WASHINGTON — Today, the Student Borrower Protection Center and the National Consumer Law Center released the following statements in response to press reports that the U.S. Department of Education is weighing but has not yet taken steps to protect millions of struggling federal student loan borrowers from the harsh consequences of default [...]

Bank Regulators’ Proposal on Third-Party Relationships Silent on Predatory Rent-a-bank Lending, Posing Risks for Banks and Consumers

2021-10-21T16:02:23-05:00October 19, 2021|Categories: Media Center|

October 19, 2021 WASHINGTON – Today, the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), on behalf of its low-income clients, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), and the National Fair Housing Alliance released their comment letter to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and Federal Reserve Board (FRB) on [...]